Areas of the Philippines were devastated by Typhoon Mangkhut on September 15, with winds of up to 225 km/h. More than 80 people died as a result of the storm and related landslides, flash floods and destruction of homes, infrastructure and crops. The region hardest hit was Northern Luzon, one of the main islands of the Philippines. In this area the storm surged up to six metres high, submerging huge areas of inhabited land.
Days later, on September 28, an earthquake off the coast of Sulawesi island, Indonesia, caused a tsunami with waves six meters high. To date, more than 1300 people have been confirmed dead and many, many more remain missing. Survivors are struggling to find food and drinkable water. People also need adequate shelter and medical support. The earthquake damaged roads and telecommunications systems, creating many challenges to sending assistance to the affected areas.
In an effort to support the survivors of these two significant disasters, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be sent through Development & Peace Caritas Canada to the official relief network of the Vatican. Contributions can be made through our parishes and through the Archdiocese of Toronto online portal.
In both countries, Caritas agencies have deployed workers to provide food, drinking water, temporary shelter and medical support.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411• Through the parish, making cheques payable to:Name of Parish – 2018 Philippines – Disaster Relief OR Name of Parish – 2018 Indonesia – Disaster Relief
(August 24, 2018) In late July, the state of Kerala, India was devastated by severe flooding due to unusually high rainfall during the monsoon season. Over 10,000 kms of roads have been wrecked and more than 20,000 homes destroyed. The flooding and aftermath of the natural disaster continues. To date, over 300 people have died and more than 1 million people have been displaced and are living in relief camps, including more than 175,000 children under the age of 12.
Pope Francis has expressed his hope that "these brothers and sisters would always be supported by our solidarity and by concrete support from the international community."
In an effort to support people in Kerala who have been impacted by this disaster, the Archdiocese of Toronto is accepting funds that will be channelled through the Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council. Funds will be used initially to provide food, drinking water, clothes and medicine to people who have been displaced. In the long term, funds will be used for the reconstruction of communities.
Those wishing to help may do so in the following ways:• Online through the Archdiocese of Toronto website: www.archtoronto.org• By phone through the Development Office – 416-934-3411• Through the parish, making cheques payable to:Name of Parish – 2018 Kerala Floods – Disaster Relief
We offer our prayers for all those impacted by these natural disasters. Thank you for your ongoing efforts to assist those in crisis.